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Frank Cosentino

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  • master's degree , history
  • PhD
    University of Alberta
  • doctoral degree
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CFL - Canadian QB, 16 Jan 2015 [cached]
Canadian pivot Frank Cosentino CFL - Canadian QB
Frank Cosentino - Hamilton - Edmonton - Toronto - 1960-69 - Western
A True historian of Canadian Football evidenced by his highly regarded book 'A Passing Game' Cosentino had a good career as a Canadian Quarterback in the CFL. Frank spent the majority of his time as a Hamilton Tiger Cat which included a number of starts while splitting duties with Joe Zuger and a number of other Ticats.
Cosentino spent 2 seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos which included the 1967 season where he was the clubs starter and had respectable numbers. Playing in the same time frame as the incomparable Russ Jackson, Frank had a solid career.
Retired CFL quarterback, educator and ..., 22 April 2011 [cached]
Retired CFL quarterback, educator and coach, Frank Cosentino has written an enchanting folk story that sees long-dead NHLers "infusing" themselves into Team Canada hockey players when the hockey Gods feared the home team was in mortal danger of losing the 1972 Canada-Soviet hockey summit.
Cosentino was a renowned quarterback who played 10 years in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with Hamilton, Edmonton and Toronto. As a player he was a member of five Grey Cup teams, winning twice with Hamilton.
Now a prolific author and Professor Emeritus at York University, Cosentino has created a supernatural tale that provides a unique and celestial twist to what is considered the greatest hockey series ever played.
This is Cosentino's 15th book. After he retired from the CFL, he taught and coached at the University of Western Ontario for six years where his teams twice won Vanier Cups. He joined Toronto's York University as professor and chair of Physical Education and Athletics. He and his wife, Sheila, live in Eganville, Ontario.
Hockey Gods at the Summit, by Frank Cosentino, is published by General Store Publishing House, Renfrew, Ontario, and retails for $19.95
Some 150 enthusiastic supporters packed into The Carlu in downtown Toronto on Friday, May 11 to honour York University's 'winningest' coach, Frank Cosentino, and launch the next era of York football.
Those attending the event took the opportunity to look back at the remarkable career of "Coach Cos". Donors raised more than $190,000 in support of the football program, with a significant portion dedicated to supporting our football student-athletes.
Cosentino is a former Grey Cup-winning Canadian Football League quarterback, the author of 15 books and the retired coach for York University's football team. In 1978, he led the men's football team to their first victorious season. Though Cosentino is most frequently remembered for his winning coaching strategies that brought the Yeomen (Lions, since 2003) to 25 victories, guests also recognized his off-field contributions.
"My education was on the field and with Frank."
Frank Cosentino, 11 Aug 2011 [cached]
Frank Cosentino - Quarterback - 1960-66 - Western
One of the last Canadian quarterbacks to see significant playing time in the Canadian Football League, Frank Cosentino is long since retired, but far from inactive.
The author of 15 books, on topics ranging from football and hockey to the history of Almonte, the Eganville resident is now working on his third major book on the Canadian Football League. The book is due out in 2012, during the 100th anniversary of the CFL.
It has been more than 40 years since Cosentino retired from a CFL career that featured two Grey Cups with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. But football has remained a fixture in his life, as a coach, historian and fan.
He first played football in his hometown of Hamilton, Ont., where he had an inauspicious beginning in the sport, failing to make the first three teams he tried out for.
But he wasn't dissuaded, especially when a growth spurt and successes as a baseball pitcher convinced others he might have quarterback potential.
Looking back, Cosentino said someone needed to light a fire under him, and that person turned out to be Monsignor Wemple, the dean at the university's King's College. Called into his office, Cosentino was told he had eight weeks to get his academic act in gear.
He did. By second year he earned a B average and was into business school, en route to a bachelor's degree with honours.
But life was getting complicated. To pay his way through university, he worked with the Steel Company of Canada. Then, in his fourth year at Western, he and high school sweetheart Sheila McHugh (whose parents Charlie and Gertrude are from the Renfrew area) were married.
At university, he was holding his own as a quarterback, helping Western to two Yates Cups as the Ontario university football champion, including 1959 when they beat UBC for the Canadian university title.
He also emerged as the Hamilton Tiger Cats' first draft pick, and his pro football career was underway.
Twice he emerged with Grey Cup rings, from Hamilton CFL titles in 1963 and 1965, when the team stars included defensive linemen John Barrow and Angelo Mosca, quarterbacks Bernie Faloney and Joe Zuger, and receiver Hal Patterson. The Cats went 10-4 each of those regular seasons, before prevailing 21-10 over the B.C. Lions in 1963, then 22-16 over Winnipeg two seasons later.
In 1963, Cosentino played his share during the regular season, but he never really got off the bench in the playoffs, except to hold for extra points.
But Zuger polished his resume that day, throwing eight touchdown passes in a crushing defeat of Saskatchewan, before leaving Cosentino enough playing time to throw two TD passes of his own.
But Cosentino's best seasons, as an individual, weren't when Hamilton won the Grey Cup, but with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1967 and '68.
After winning less than half their games in 1967, the Esks finished 9-6-1 for third in the Western Conference as Cosentino started 14 times and finished off the other two regular-season games. The Esks then lost a one-sided semi-final to Saskatchewan.
In 1967 he had one of his best statistical performances ever, completing something like 21 of 25 passes in a close loss to the Ottawa Rough Riders.
The post-game coverage included a photo on the Globe & Mail's front page of Cosentino hurdling a would-be tackler, as the caption referred to the former Tiger-Cat as Frankie Boy.
I knew my role," recalls Cosentino. "But I also had a reputation for coming in and scoring a few touchdowns."
During his CFL career, he completed 513 of 1,083 passes for a completion percentage of 47.4. He also threw 48 TD passes and 73 interceptions. His best stats were in 1968 with the Esks when he completed 169 of 330 passes for 2,809 yards. Sixteen passes were for touchdowns.
Cosentino was also active on the sidelines. The same year he won his second Grey Cup, in 1965, Cosentino helped found the CFL Players Association.
In Edmonton, Cosentino says it was different and refreshing to be out of the local spotlight, after playing in his hometown.
Following one shutout loss, Cosentino quipped to a reporter that he didn't like losing, but that at least he knew his play-calling wasn't to blame. He was hauled into Armstrong's office and reprimanded.
That aside, throughout his football career, Cosentino says he carried his Christian faith with him. This included his customary prayer, during national anthems, to commit to playing the best he possibly could.
The third and last CFL team he played for was the Toronto Argonauts. While playing in Edmonton in 1967 and 1968, he worked on his master's degree in the history of sport. Then he was dealt to Toronto.
But first, he had the opportunity to accept a prestigious scholarship, retire from football, and finish his PhD at the University of Alberta. He elected to play one more season, with the Argos, before continuing his doctorate. It was a busy time, but Cosentino says it was made easier with Sheila 'holding down the fort' at home with four kids.
In Toronto, Cosentino joined other striking Argonauts, as they held out for training-camp pay.
"The spirit on the team was tremendous because all the players were where they wanted to be with the players they wanted to be with," says Cosentino of the '69 season, his last as a CFL player.
Tom Wilkinson was the starting QB, but Cosentino still saw plenty of action.
Cosentino says it was winning the 1971 Vanier Cup as head coach of the University of Western Ontario Mustangs, in a nail-biting win over the University of Alberta.
The Mustangs would also win another Canadian title in 1973, the year after he finished his doctoral degree with a thesis on the history of Canadian sport.
After retiring from the CFL, Cosentino stepped into his second major career, as a university teacher and coach. He was an assistant professor of physical education and head football coach at the University of Western Ontario from 1970 to 1974, before becoming the physical education department head in 1975.
In 1976 he moved to York University where he was a professor and chairman of the department of physical education, recreation and athletics, and later named professor emeritus and senior scholar. At York, he was also convinced to return to coaching on two occasions, for another seven years of work on the sidelines.
Now retired, he's not really. He enjoys playing tennis and golf, and his writing continues.
But in becoming conditioned to handle that role, Cosentino said, "I wasn't going to second guess what I did, or what anyone else did, not that you don't try to reshape it."
As a quarterback, he saw himself mostly as an encourager.
"And we brought up our kids that way too," he explains. "Praise is a terrific way to bring out the best in people."
The Cosentinos' other children are Mary, Teresa and Peter, who has two World Series rings, from his days as marketing vice-president for the Blue Jays.
As a Hamiltonian, Cosentino continues to enjoy watching the Tiger Cats.
Frank Cosentino
The York University Champions Club (Football Alumni Association) will honour and celebrate former York football coach, Frank Cosentino on Friday, May 11, 2012 at The Carlu in downtown Toronto.
From 1976-1981, Cosentino was as a professor at York University and also served as the chair of physical education and athletics. During his time at York, he also coached the football team and in 1978, he led the program to its first winning season. Cosentino is the school's most successful coach (25-25), leading them to its first OUAA playoff berth and national ranking.
Prior to joining York, he played ten years in the CFL from 1960-1969 with Hamilton, Edmonton, and Toronto.
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